\ ˈrīt-ˌhand How to pronounce right-hand (audio) \

Definition of right-hand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated on the right
3 : chiefly relied on his right-hand man

right hand


Definition of right hand (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the hand on a person's right side
b : an indispensable person
2a : the right side
b : a place of honor

Examples of right-hand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun He can be seen with his right hand behind his back near the rear waistband of his pants. Fox News, "Phoenix police release bodycam video in deadly shooting of man who told officers he had a gun," 15 Jan. 2021 Video shows hill holding up a cell phone in his left hand and his right hand can’t be seen. cleveland, "Columbus mayor wants police officer fired after video shows fatal shooting of unarmed Black man," 24 Dec. 2020 Grab your right ankle with your right hand to place the right foot to the left inner thigh. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, "Whether you have just 5, 10 or 15 minutes, these stress relief workouts can help," 22 Dec. 2020 Her lawsuit claims the SUV ran over her right hand, requiring reconstructive surgery. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, "Lawsuits blame Range Rover gear shifter for deadly rollaway," 21 Dec. 2020 JD Notae got a tough spinning layup to go with his right hand prior to the timeout, then on Lipscomb's ensuing possession got elbowed in the face and had to be subbed out. Scottie Bordelon, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas hammers Lipscomb for 4th win," 6 Dec. 2020 Odom maneuvered around him in the air and flicked the ball up towards the rim with his right hand. Adam Baum, The Enquirer, "Xavier survives a scare at the buzzer in a win over Bradley," 26 Nov. 2020 With The Hawks this season, Jessup plans to add muscle, improve his lateral quickness, become more comfortable with his right hand and get better at drawing fouls. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors draft pick Justinian Jessup hopes to become next Duncan Robinson," 20 Nov. 2020 Right now, Martelli says, the Wolverines have Dickinson working on scoring close to the basket, especially with his right hand (he is left-handed), while developing his jumper. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "'Recounting' Franz Wagner's height and 4 other nuggets from Michigan basketball's Phil Martelli," 20 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of right-hand


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Right-hand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/right-hand. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of right-hand

: located closer to your right hand : located on the right side
: made for the right hand


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Kids Definition of right-hand

1 : located on the right side
3 : relied on most of all He's her right-hand man.


\ ˈrīt-ˌhand How to pronounce right-hand (audio) \

Medical Definition of right-hand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated on the right

right hand


Medical Definition of right hand (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the hand on a person's right side
2 : the right side

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